The signature Proenza Schouler PS1 represents street style coolness in the era of social media. This modern take on the British satchel celebrates the success story of a designer duo that sold their entire senior thesis collection to Barneys New York and became an overnight sensation back in 2002. The purse was intentionally devoid of visible logos and branding insignia, coming out on the streets in 2008 as an experiment, recognizable only by fashion insiders and educated shoppers through its design details. It was the ultimate anti-IT-bag that two years later became bloggers’ favorite.

Design Characteristics of the PS1

These Parsons alumni infused their first bag with increased functionality and great quality standards guaranteed through the expertise of Italian manufacturers. The classic version is crafted from butter-soft lambskin, making its shape not as structured as the traditional schoolish satchel. It features a center clasp closure flanked by front straps you can secure with tab holders or let loose as a reference to the classic style. You can carry it as a top-handle or a cross-body purse with detachable and adjustable shoulder strap. Other practical elements include a front compartment with internal magnetic closure and zipped pocket.

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When PS1 Became Classic

The CDFA-awarded designers aimed at creating an easy-to-wear accessory to become an urban wardrobe staple. For almost 6 years since its market breakthrough, this purse has been selling out and getting reproduced in different colors and materials. The purse was not showcased on the runway during 2008-2010, to remain the cool anonymous bag for a while! According to the designers, it was made for “only the ones that know what it is.” It’s all-purpose and versatile enough to fit different looks or trends.

The Full PS1 Range

The core esthetics is now applied on wallets, iPad cases, totes, and clutches. It’s also crafted from perforated or metallic leather, exotic skins, and suede with silver or gold-tone hardware. Pick among the Mini (L:8" W: 3" H: 6.5"), Tiny (L: 10" W: 4.5" H: 6.5"), Medium (L: 12.5" W: 4" H: 8.5"), Large (L: 14" W: 5" H: 11"), and Backpack (L: 11.5" W: 7" H: 15").
For this season, check the fringed PS1 with a bohemian touch, the Nylon (printed or monochrome) with a sporty feel, the Studded, and the one trimmed with whipstitch. The PS1+ is the much anticipated sibling to the original landing stores soon, without replacing PS1. Opt for the old ‘softy’ or the latest more structured, crafted from pebble leather, equipped with shinier hardware, and lined with canvas.